Building student involvement, fostering civic engagement and enhancing community service to advance public health. 

The D18 class spent time last week at the Smart Smiles pediatric clinic in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School painting and revamping the room. The pediatric clinic serves the students at the elementary school, providing an easy and convenient way for them to get dental care. D18 students painted all of the walls and the cabinets as well as created a ‘kids corner’ where the children can play and wait for their appointment. D18 Community Service Co Chair Lauren Gerkowicz had this to say:

“The Smart Smiles clinic in the Josiah Quincy Elementary School provides convenient dental care to the school children and serves as a pediatric rotation location for Tufts Dental students. The room was not in the best shape, so the D18 class wanted to revamp the space and create a more inviting and playful environment for the kids. It’s really important to our class to get involved in the local community and we thought this was a perfect opportunity to make a huge change to a clinic where hundreds of kids get dental treatment. Over 25 students in the D18 class participated in this room makeover and it was a huge success. I was thrilled to see how my class came together for this cause and worked incredibly hard to turn around the space in two days. The clinic looks great and it warms me to think that this change will improve the dental experience of the children at JQS.”

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